Lift & Suspension on a 2005 Land Cruiser

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@Algonquin - I had Nashua Toyota install my OME coils and Toyota Shocks. I brought them the OME coils and purchased the shocks from them because they were only a little more than buying online. I don't recall the cost off the top of my head - I'll look for a receipt tonight and let you know. They seem to have 1 or 2 seasoned techs that work on the Land Cruisers. If you decide to go there - ask for Bill in the Service Department. He's good and he'll work with you on price, let you bring in your own parts, and give you a free rental car, etc.

They're still a dealer though and in the biz of making money so you may be better served if you can find an independent that really knows these vehicles. I haven't found that close to home yet so I either DIY or bring it to them.
That's exactly what I am finding. No one up here in New England is a Land Cruiser shop or even have any experience with them... I feel like i might as well go to a Toyota Dealership and feel good about it. Thanks for the info and any price points you can share.
 
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@Algonquin - There's a couple of shops that were recommended to me, but I never got around to trying. The most highly recommended is BDR Automotive in Holliston, MA but that's probably a pretty good hike for you. Brian does a lot of 4x4 rigs so he's not a Land Cruiser specialist per se but a lot of guys use him and are happy. The other is Elias4WD in Townsend, MA - these guys specialize in Jeeps, but are well versed in 4x4's. Again, not the closest for you.

I've heard some bad things about Cruiser Solutions in Hampstead, but I've gone to them to have them put my rig up on a lift to give me their thoughts on removing the surface rust and spraying on a protective coating. They were too expensive, but I liked the guys I spoke with and I wouldn't hesitate to at least get a quote from them on a shock replacement in which you supply the parts. They're too far for me, but maybe closer for you?

Finally, I actually have an extra complete set of front and rear Toyota shocks that I bought by mistake (long story). I've been meaning to send them back to get store credit, but if you're interested I could give you a good deal and meet you somewhere in the middle of us.
 

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I just swapped out some 255/70-18 Michelin LTX M/S2 tires for BFG AT KO2 tires in 275/70-18. I already had OME 865 springs in the rear (1.5") and Ironman FoamCell Pro shocks. The lift springs and shocks felt good, but not significantly better than stock. The E-load-rated KO2 tires made a huge difference. So much nicer ride, yet sadly at the expense of acceleration, braking, and (probably) MPG. I like them, but stock size would probably have been a better choice for most days, purely on paper. Looks wise? Feel wise? Great. It feels a lot more like my 80, which I loved. It feels like a Cruiser now, in all the best ways.

Don't be in a rush, though. Those Michelin LT2 tires are amazing in the snow and you'll likely never notice the ~1/2" difference in ground clearance over stock on the highway. The lift looks great and will look even better with the bigger tires, but drive it a while and see how it goes. My M/S2s last year were unbelievable in the snow and ice. I was unstoppable in the 100.
 

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That's exactly what I am finding. No one up here in New England is a Land Cruiser shop or even have any experience with them... I feel like i might as well go to a Toyota Dealership and feel good about it. Thanks for the info and any price points you can share.
Maybe ask Main Line Overland in Bow, NH. They just opened a shop up there (they are originally out of PA). They work on a lot of Toyotas (Tacos, Cruisers etc) and really support the overlanding community. As an aside, the brothers who own it have some amazing builds of their own vehicles (FJ Cruiser, Unimogs, F350 on 40s, Range Rover Sport on 35s etc).
 
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